VoL­un­tEEr wIth drIvE to hELp

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Rosanna Can­dler

JUST a few weeks shy of his 85th birth­day, Ian Car­ring­tonJones has re­tired af­ter 18 years vol­un­teer­ing for Ned­lands Com­mu­nity Care (NCC).

Mr Car­ring­tonJones started out as a vol­un­teer driv­ing stroke-af­fected NCC clients on out­ings to the Perth Hills, a day-care cen­tre and lunch at hos­pi­tal­ity col­leges.

For the past 15 years, he has taken a group of NCC clients from Hollywood Vil­lage to the Floreat Fo­rum for a shop­ping trip ev­ery Fri­day af­ter­noon and de­liv­ered books to Ned­lands res­i­dents who were phys­i­cally un­able to visit the lo­cal li­brary.

“I’ll never for­get the ap­pre­ci­a­tion I got from the mothers and car­ers; it gave them a break for a few hours in a day and gave them some respite,” he said. “This bol­stered the feel­ing that vol­un­teer­ing was re­ally worth­while.”

NCC held an af­ter­noon tea on March 12 to cel­e­brate Mr Car­ring­tonJones’ com­mit­ment and hard work.

Com­mu­nity care co- or­di­na­tor Vikki Ant­cliff said he was a much- loved vol­un­teer with their Fri­day group.

“Noth­ing is ever too much trou­ble for Ian and he’s a gen­uine gen­tle­man,” Ms Ant­cliff said.

“He is al­ways re­li­able and has of­ten vol­un­teered to work other days when we are short of driv­ers.”

Ned­lands Com­mu­nity Care showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Ian Car­ring­ton-Jones.

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